What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants look very similar to titanium screws except that they are medical grade. They get implanted into the bone and permanently stay there. Dental implants are a replacement for teeth unlike dentures, which aren't.
If you are worried about the compatibility of implants, worry not because titanium is very bio compatible. Knee replacements and hip replacements are all titanium!
Why would I want Dental Implants?
Unlike dentures, you cannot remove implants whenever you want. The implants are either screwed in or glued in so they stay put. Most patients do not like removable options so they opt for implants which are fixed.
Choose implants to restore aesthetics, form, and function! One big plus about dental implants is that you can floss between them. With tooth bridges you are unable to floss through them but they still need to be cleaned. The only way to clean the bridges is with superfloss or floss threaders. That adds an extra cost and extra tool to your oral hygiene armamentarium.
The downside to implants is that the process takes much longer than dentures or tooth bridges. On average to get an implant may take anywhere from 6 months to up to a year. You also need to be a candidate for them. You need enough bone to get implants just like how if there is not enough dirt, you can't plant a tree!
What are the consequences if I don't replace teeth.
If you do not replace teeth once you remove them, they will start to drift. That makes for an orthodontic nightmare. Missing teeth will also decrease quality of life since you won't be able to chew as well. Missing teeth also affect speech and appearances as well. We tend to forget that the teeth also hold out our lips and cheeks.
What do you offer at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental?
Our dentists here in Long Island City restore implants on the premise. For implant placement, we've partnered up with an implant specialist so we will be referring you to them. We've known our implant specialist for about 10 years now so you can rest assured that you are in good hands. We wouldn't send you to someone that we wouldn't send our family. So once you get the implant placed you would return to us for us to put that implant crown on!